HAIKU MONDAY: On Working Holidays and Early Rogue Winters

Hot Rogue winter steelhead

Welcome back to Haiku Monday, where Fish Hack is pulling down the hours at the keyboard today because Fish Wraps don’t consider MLK Day a holiday.

Or Veterans’ Day. Or President’s Day. or all those other days you get at the glorified babysitting service known locally as the Medford School District.


MLK Day? Work

Still, it’s not like honest work.

Dopin’ the crossword


For you Haiku Monday virgins, this is when and where Fish Hack waxes on and off non-Brazilian style about the outdoors or whatever the hell else comes to mind, with some bad forms of old Japanese poetry sprinkled in as the schtick.

Don’t know the format? Here you go, syllable by syllable.


Schtick schtick schtick schtick schtick.

Schtick schtick schtick schtick schtick schtick schtick.

Schtick schtick schtick schtick schtick.


While Fish Hack doesn’t expect to have MLK Day off, he also doesn’t expect to be catching winter steelhead in the upper Rogue before MLK Day.

But that’s what happened.

Hit a nice eight-pound chrome hen Saturday on the Rogue near Shady Cove fishing with retired AP reporter Jeff Barnard, Fish Hack’s fishing partner lo the past 30 years.

Hit the same Mag Lip 3.0 plug that has put 20 other salmon and steelhead in Fish Hack’s boat. And that plug is beat to hell to show for it, but it still works.

Early winters in the upper Rogue are here ‘cuz of a mix of no dams and high water. Check in at Friday’s Oregon Outdoors to learn more.


Early winters here.

Anomaly for the Rogue.

Don’t ask why. Just fish



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